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  1. 1. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 August 31, 2021 Number 33 GODLY GOALS Barry Kennedy When facing the trials, pains, and storm of life, are we inclined to abandon our goals? Do we find ourselves like Peter, focusing upon the surroundings and not the Savior? Christians should be the most successful achievers of godly goals. In fact, they (we) are the only ones seeking “godly” goals. There are examples of men reaching their goals, even in secular history. Napoleon saw Italy, but not the Alps. He had an objective and knew where he was going. Washington saw the Hessians at Trenton. A man of smaller stature would have seen the Delaware choked with ice. The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the former while oblivion is the reward of the latter. (Health ways). If Napoleon and Washington could see past the circumstances, and achieve their goals, shouldn’t Christians be much more confident that we can set and reach godly goals? What standards/goals are you setting for your life? First, we should have the godly goal of fellowship with God. Moses informed the children of Israel that God must come first. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Tie the words of Moses to what the wise man Solomon said, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...” (Proverbs 23:7). You see, if we focus upon our relationship with the Almighty now, we will long to be with Him then (i.e., Heaven, or eternity). The opposite is also true. If we refuse to focus upon being with God now, we cannot be with Him there (Matthew 7:21; c.f. John 14:15). Do we find ourselves longing to be with the world, more than we long to be with the Lord? If so, we are following a goal, but it is a goal of failure. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). What is your foundational goal? Second, we should have the godly goal of righteous living. One website claimed that 11% of U.S. households are at risk of hunger.1 They also stated that the total number of hunger related deaths worldwide equaled “7,665,000” (at that time). Food is a necessity for life. The same is true as relating to the spiritual man. Peter said God’s people are to be like “newborn babes” desiring the “sincere milk of the word” to grow (1 Peter 2:2). Of course, one cannot remain like a child; we must grow (Hebrews 5:12-14). The apostle Paul encouraged the congregation in ____________________ 1 statisticbrain.com/world-hunger-statistics --article continued page 3— ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 William Harris ............ 416-8149 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office.......................... 842-6116 Fax .............................. 842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship........................9:00 a.m. Bible class..................10:15 a.m. Worship......................11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes......7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. enough to bring lost souls to salvation’s shore? The only way to truly answer such a question is to know what it means to let our light shine. Surely, no one would think this means that we are to get a flashlight, candle, or a lantern of some sort and guide people around at night. No, Jesus was speaking of our spiritual lights. Spiritual light has to do with living one’s life following the example of Jesus. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:” (1 Peter 2:21). Many people are professing that they know Jesus and that they are following Him, but sadly their lives seldom correspond with the true Jesus of the Bible. Many see Jesus as one who just overlooks sin, loves so much that He would never punish anyone, etc. Have they ever read John 2:15? It is impossible to know the God of the Bible, Jesus of the Bible, the Holy Spirit of the Bible, or how to be the light of the world without His Bible (Psalm 119:105). Souls are drifting to and frow, lost on the sea of life, and swiftly heading toward the rocky shore called judgment. God’s light is bright enough to direct us safely to that Heavenly shore. If you are following that light, how bright is it being reflected by you? How bright is your light? The world desperately needs us. To God be the glory! ~~~~~~~~~ New Movers’ Baskets This month’s New Movers’ Baskets are on the table in the foyer. Please take a name, a basket to deliver, and an instruction sheet. This is a wonderful way to invite newcomers in the community to East Main. There are only 4 baskets left. Thanks to everyone for their help. Wedding Clayton Long & Savanna Bell’s wedding ceremony scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 28 has been canceled due to Savanna’s parents, David and April Bell, testing positive for the Coronavirus. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank You Note Words cannot express how much the calls, texts, cards, plant, drives to Florence, but especially the prayers, meant to me and my family. It has been overwhelming! What a wonderful family to be a part of here at East Main. Please continue to keep us, especially my dad, in your prayers. Missy Nichols & The Clara McClure family Widowhood Workshop The New Albany congregation is hosting a Widowhood Workshop this Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 28-29, at the church building. Dean Miller will be the speaker. Session times are 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. A flyer is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. A House Is Not a Home A house is not a home; it is many things. It is a kitchen stove on which a kettle sings. It is a table set with care and loving thought Where conversations dear and fellowships are wrought. It is a well-worn chair beneath shaded light Or perhaps a cherished book by a log fire at night. It is a quiet place for prayer or for rest, Or just to be alone when aloneness is best. A home is not a house, but it is several things Within high walls of love where contentment clings. —Anonymous By House to House Heart to Heart, Archive 3548 September 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Felicia Stanford Brain Freeze Hosea 1-3 2 Hosea 4 3 Sr. Youth--TGIF Hosea 5-6 4 Hosea 7-8 5 Hosea 9-10 6 Hosea 11-12 7 Hosea 13-14 8 Robert Kingsley Brain Freeze Joel 9 Haden Bland Ladies’ fellowship Amos 1-2 10 Amos 3-5 11 Bryce Roby Evelyn Thompson Youth—Top Golf in Birmingham Amos 6-7 12 Jennifer Ray— Baby “Boy” Shower Area Wide Youth Meeting @ Verona 5:00 p.m. Amos 8-9 13 Obadiah 14 Jonah 1-2 15 Brain Freeze Jonah 3-4 16 Micah 1-2 17 Lauren Long Anna Claire McMillen Micah 3-5 18 Jr. Youth—Picnic @ Veterans Park 11:00-1:00 Micah 6-7 19 Sr. Youth Devo. @ Davis’ house Nahum 20 Andy Baldwyn Barry & Berta Kennedy Habakkuk 21 Zephaniah 22 Maggie Simineau Brain Freeze Haggai 23 Derik Rushing Zechariah 1-2 24 Tate Malone Sr. Youth--TGIF Zechariah 3-4 25 Zechariah 5-6 26 Betty Beard Billie McNutt Zechariah 7-8 27 Zechariah 9-11 28 Zechariah 12-14 29 Joyce Burney Keisha Gholston Brain Freeze Malachi 1-2 30 Malachi 3-4
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 1.................................................. Hosea 1-3 September 2......................................................Hosea 4 September 3.................................................. Hosea 5-6 September 4.................................................. Hosea 7-8 September 5................................................ Hosea 9-10 September 6.............................................. Hosea 11-12 September 7.............................................. Hosea 13-14 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Felicia Stanford (Sept. 1). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick James Simmons continues in room 384 at NMMC. He hopes to be moved to The Meadows for physical therapy soon. Perry Hand will undergo surgery Wednesday. Star Ray is home recuperating from knee replacement surgery. Lee DuBois is home recuperating from foot surgery. Kirk Sheffield’s dad, Rodney, is in NMMC following colon surgery to remove some cancer. Maggie Simineau continues at home with a broken arm. Wade Bryan’s cousin, David Darnell, has been placed on hospice. Karen Bryan’s cousin, April Pounders, is recovering from breast cancer surgery. Clayton Long’s fiancé, Savanna Bell, is home with Covid. Christine Wilson will undergo sinus surgery Sept. 15. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman, Olivia Pounders Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Chad Willis, Kristie Webb & Rhonda Pennington in the loss of their cousin, Randy Pearce. Arrangements were incomplete at this time. --article continued from page 1— Ephesus not to be children “tossed to and fro... by the teachings of men (Ephesians 4:14). Righteousness is not to be defined as self-righteousness. The word righteousness simply means doing what is right, or what one ought to do. We are not earning our salvation, acceptance, or any other accredited acclaim. Paul said it best: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (Philippians 3:8–9). Did you notice the end of verse nine? The goal should be righteousness “which is of God by faith.” That begs the question, “How do we get faith?” Romans 10:17 says it comes by hearing the word of God. The only way we can achieve the goal of righteous living is through study and application of God’s Word (James 1:22). What are your goals for the future? This is very important, because godly goals for the future affect our present, and help us to overcome our pasts. God help us to set Godly Goals for life! EMYG News
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading........................................ Aaryn Vines Opening Prayer ..............................Jimmy Spearman Lord’s Supper Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols Closing Prayer..........................................Will Davis Ushers .......................Andy Baldwyn & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..............................Dennis Hallmark Closing Prayer.......................................Wesley Bass Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-25-21 .................................................... 143 Sunday 1st Worship, 8-29-21 .................................... 180* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 177 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 123 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,947 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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